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Let's Talk Life: Surviving college

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Yvonnie Bailey- Davidson, Contributor

Dear Counsellor,

I am a student and would like some tips on doing well at college. Thanks in advance.

- Colin

Dear Colin,

Congratulations on getting into college! Some students didn't make it to college, so you need to think of yourself as being blessed.

You need a road map as to what career you are interested in. We all need to set goals and work towards these targets.

College can be stressful, so you need to make good use of your time and resources. You need to make a timetable of your required subjects and study each day. As a student, you will need to stay up late most times to complete assignments and to read the textbooks.

Reading is very important and you will realise that a lot of reading is required. Some textbooks have model questions and answers, and you need to pay attention to these. If you are having problems, you should speak to your faculty adviser. Some students need to take time off from college and return fresh and ready.

Some people study in groups while others need to be by themselves. Know yourself and choose what you will do. Get past papers and practise each day. Eat your meals and get some rest. Some people need a coach to keep them motivated

A lot of activities are usually going on at college. You need to budget your time and money and do what is good for you. No drinking, smoking, or sex. You can get distracted by several things. Remember that there are sexually transmitted infections, especially HIV, and unwanted pregnancy. Many people dropped out of college because of pregnancy or wild living.

Remember your spirituality. God is good to all of us, and we should be grateful.

Troubled sleeper

Dear Counsellor,

I have great difficulty falling and staying asleep. I think that I need medication to get a good night's rest.

- Janice

Dear Janice,

There are several causes of sleep problems. Do you have nightmares? Are you having difficulty in a relationship? Some people who do shift work have difficulty sleeping for at least eight hours. Are you depressed or anxious?

Don't eat plenty of food in the night as you will get indigestion and sleep poorly. Make sure that your bed is comfortable and sturdy. Pillows and sheets should be clean and soft. Soft music is helpful and relaxing. Ask your doctor about sleep aids and try them.

Email questions and feedback for Dr Yvonnie Bailey-Davidson to yvonniebd@hotmail.com or call 978-8602.